2013 NEW YEAR’S EVE GUIDE

USHER OUT THE OLD, RING IN THE NEWU SHER OUT THE OLD, RING IN THE NEW
New Year's Eve Celerbration's - Family actvities at the Naples Pier Fireworks 7:30 to Champage Cocktails at Shula's, Mercato, Third Street South, Fifth Avenue South, Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown and more... Check out the extensive list and pick your venue


USHER OUT THE OLD, RING IN THE NEW.The Crystal Ball - The Southwest Florida Symphony

Fireworks at the Naples PierBeginning around 7:30 p.m. Free.

¦New Year’s Eve on Third Street SouthParty atmosphere all along ThirdStreet South. Free.434-6533; www.thirdstreetsouth.com

¦ Sugden Plaza on Fifth Avenue South – Live entertainment every evening.Free.Dec. 28: Radio Flyer, 8 p.m.-midnightDec. 29: The Derek Trenholm Band, 8p.m.-midnightDec. 30: The Steve Farst Trio, 7-10 p.m.Dec. 31: Jerry Pellegrino, 8 p.m.-midnight

The Crystal Ball - The Southwest Florida Symphony ¦ The Crystal Ball - The Southwest Florida Symphony –  New Year's Eve Gala and Concert. Enjoy an elegant evening with a Symphony Concert, dinner and dancing.

¦ Philharmonic Center for the Arts – 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.597-1900; www.thephil.orgRing in the New Year at the Phil beginning at 9 p.m. with “The Gershwin Concert Experience,” a multimedia show featuring new arrangements and rarely seenitems from the Gershwin family archives.Concert only tickets start at $79; concertplus reception tickets are from $115.

Fort Myers New Year's Eve Downtown Countown ¦ Fort Myers New Year's Eve Downtown Countown– The 2013 Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown presented by the River District Alliance is set for Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. http://www.fortmyersdowntowncountdown.com/

¦ AZN Asian Cuisine – Mercato593-8818; www.aznrestraunt.comServing the regular menu or yourchoice of two fixed menus ($50 or $100per person) until 11 p.m.

¦ Agave Southwestern Grill –2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road598-3473; www.AgaveNaples.comNew Year’s Day buffet brunch from10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with a Bloody Maria/Mary and draught beer bar for $32 (plustax and gratuity) per person, or buffetonly for $25 (plus tax and gratuity) perperson.

¦ Bamboo Café –755 12th Ave. S.643-6177; www.bamboocafefrenchhomecooking.comFour-course menu with champagnetoast, party favors, live entertainment.$92 per person. Call for reservations.

¦ Bistro Soleil – 100 Palm St., Marco Island389-0981New Year’s Eve dinner with live entertainment. $55 per person. Call for reservations.

The Great Gatsby Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Celebration ¦ Blue Martini – Mercato591-2583; www.bluemartinilounge.comA Great Gatsby/Roaring ’20s themeis the order of the night with live entertainment starting at 8 p.m. Guests areencouraged to dress in period attire.

¦ Burn by Rocky Patel – 9110 Strada Place653-9013; www.burnbyrockypatel.comCall for New Year’s Eve details andreservations.

¦ Chez Boet – 755 12th Ave. South643-6177; www.ChezBoetNaples.comNew Year’s Eve features a four-courseprix fixe menu with a glass of champagne. Call for reservations.

¦ Cruise Naples – Tin City263-4949; www.CruiseNaplesFlorida.com Fireworks cruise aboard the DoubleSunshine sets sail at 6:30 p.m. $65 foradults, $55 for ages 12 and younger.

¦ Captain Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club – 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island389-6900; www.captbriens.comNew Year’s Eve dinner and show withBert Kreischer. 6 p.m., $65 per person; 9p.m., $95, plus tax and gratuity. Includesdinner and show, with champagne toastat the late show.

¦ The English Pub – 5047 Tamiami Trail E.775-3727; www.naplesenglishpub.comNew Year’s Eve from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Allyou can-eat prime rib and seafood buffet, plus free wine through dinner, partyfavors, dancing, champagne toast at midnight. $29.95. Reservations required.

¦ Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – 8595 U.S. 41 N.598-2424; www.flemingssteakhouse.co mFriday, Dec. 28, through Monday, Dec.31, enjoy special entrees, appetizer anddessert in addition to the regular menu;also, Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut servedfrom magnum bottles all night long eachevening.

¦ Gordon’s on the River – Naples Harbour213-1441Enjoy food, drink, merriment andmusic by the jazz piano and saxophonedue of Doc Booth & Jennifer Mazziottibeginning at 7:30 p.m. $80 per personincludes a caviar and champagne reception followed by a five-course dinner.

¦ Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits – 2700 Immokalee Road431-7928The Gladesmen perform on NewYear’s Eve. $5 cover per person, withfood and drink specials all night.

The Great Gatsby Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Celebration ¦ Shula's @ Hilton Naples – 5111 Tamiami Trail N.Featuring the Beatles Express tributeband, a four-course filet mignon dinner,open bar, champagne toast, party favors,dancing and ball drop for $150 per person. 659-3174 for reservations.Also, Shula’s at the hotel is serving a

special four-course dinner from 5:30 p.m.to midnight for $65 per person, with theregular menu also available. Reservations required. Call 430-4999.

¦ The Little Bar & Restaurant – 205 Harbor Place, GoodlandMarco Island394-5663; www.littlebarrestaurant.com6 p.m., live entertainment with theRaiford Starke Band. Regular menu anda champagne toast at midnight.

¦ M Waterfront Grille – The Village on Venetian Bay263-4421; www.mwaterfrontgrille.com8 p.m.-midnight, live jazz4:30-5:45 p.m., holiday ala carte menu6:15-11 p.m., prix fixe menu with fourcourses for $85 per person.

¦ The Marco Princess – Marco River Marina642-5415; www.themarcoprincess.comChoose from a New Year’s Eve buffet lunch ($33.95), sunset cocktail cruise($48.95) or late-night dinner cruise from8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ($125).

Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard the Indian Princess ¦ Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard the Indian Princess – From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., passengers can enjoy an adult-only cruise while watching the Fort Myers Beach firework display at the pier.

¦ The Naples Grande Beach Resort – 475 Seagate Drive254-5600; www.naplesgranderesort.com7-11 p.m., New Year’s Eve dinner in theVista Ballroom, $149 per person.

¦ The Naples Princess – 550 Port O Call Way649-2275; www.naplesprincesscruises.comSeveral cruises offered on New Year’sEve for a gala celebration with an openbar, hors d’oeuvres and plated dinner,live entertainment, party favors and achampagne toast at midnight.

¦ Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar – 1585 Pine Ridge Road592-0050; www.noodlescafe.comFor New Year’s Eve from 6:30 p.m. to 2a.m., full dinner menu and a champagnetoast at midnight. Live entertainmentand a DJ.

¦ The Real Macaw – 3275 Bayshore Drive732-1188; www.therealmacawnaples.comLive entertainment with Mike Brookshire. Pre fixe menu available. Call forreservations.

¦ The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort – 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road598-6644; www.ritzcarlton.comThe Grill, holiday menu and live entertainment, with seatings from 5-6:30 p.m.($160 per person) and 8-10 p.m. ($250 perperson, includes champagne toast). Callfor reservations

Marco Island's Off The Hook Comedy Club ¦ Marco Island's Off The Hook Comedy Club – New Year's Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and this year the biggest party of the year

¦ The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort – 2600 Tiburon Drive598-6644New Year’s Eve: Lemonía is offeringan a la carte menu and champagne toastfrom 6-10 p.m.New Year’s Day: Brunch from 11 a.m.-2p.m. ($99 for adults, $49 for children).

¦ Roy’s – 475 Bayfront Place, Naples261-141626831 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs498-7697www.roysrestaurant.comEnjoy a four-course prix fixe menu onNew Year’s Eve. Call for reservations.

¦ Sale e Pepe – Marco Beach Ocean ResortMarco Island393-1600; www.sale-e-pepe.comNew Year’s Eve dinner ($89 per person) New Year’s Day brunch ($45 for adults,$22.50 for ages 3-12)

¦ Movie Night – 1186 Third St. S.434-7258; www.seasaltnaples.comSpecial five-course New Year’s Evecelebration menu, champagne toast andlive entertainment for $175 per person.

Casablanca Nights ¦ Seminole Casino – 506 First St., Immokalee(800) 218-0007$35,000 in prize giveaways throughoutthe night, which has a Casablanca theme;free drinks in the casino from 11:30 p.m.to 12:30 a.m., and a New Year’s countdown, party favors, special menus and amidnight breakfast.

¦ Stoney’s Steakhouse – 403 Bayfront Place435-9353; www.stoneyssteakhouse.comCall for New Year’s Eve menu, seatingtimes and reservations.

¦ Vergina – 700 Fifth Ave. S.659-7008; www.verginarestaurant.com5 p.m., New Year’s Eve first seating,$60; 7:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve secondseating, including champagne toast andparty favors, $120. Live entertainment.Reservations required.

    
Call ahead. Plans are subject to change,space is limited, and reservation books fill upfast.

If you have too much to drink on NewYear’s Eve, take advantage of the free Tow and Go program sponsored by AAA and beer companies. They’ll pick up your car and take youhome, too — free of charge. Call or have yourbartender or a sober friend dial 1-800-AAAHELP.